More Ways To Join Halo 3 Multiplayer BetaThere are two new ways for gamers to receive an invitation to participate in the Halo 3 multiplayer beta program coming this spring: Qualifying over Xbox Live and then being one of the first 13,333 “Halo 2” gamers to register for the “Rule of Three” program at www.halo3.com in early February Purchasing the upcoming game Crackdown, which hits store shelves in the U.S. on Feb. 20 Beginning Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all gamers need to do is participate in at least three hours of “Halo 2” multiplayer sessions, via Xbox Live, before Feb. 3, 2007, at 11:59 p.m. EST and then be among the first 13,333 to register at www.halo3.com. The “Rule of Three” program is currently planned for gamers in the 50 United States (includes District of Columbia) age 17 years and older who have access to an Xbox 360 Pro console or an Xbox 360 Core console with hard drive, a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription and the “Halo 2” game. Gamers around the world are encouraged to visit www.halo3.com in the coming weeks for more information on the “Rule of Three” program in their region. Owners of Crackdown with access to an Xbox 360 Pro console or an Xbox 360 Core console with hard drive and a valid Xbox Live Gold subscription simply need to load their copy of Crackdown and use the disc as a key to download the beta from Xbox Live Marketplace. “Crackdown” will be available in the U.S. on Feb. 20, Asian territories on Feb. 22 and European markets on Feb. 23. In December, Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios completed the first of three ways for North American gamers to participate in the “Halo 3” multiplayer beta, by registering at www.halo3.com. Gamers who were selected from this initial opportunity will be contacted in January.